The annual Meet the Team Luncheon is upon us.
The baseball office announced today the Buckeye Diamond Club Meet the Team Luncheon will be held this Saturday, February 13th at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center located on Olentangy River Rd. The change in venue as the event was previously held at the Holiday Inn on Lane Ave. is due to the university purchasing the Holiday Inn and converting it into a freshman dorm.
Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the luncheon kicking off at 11:30. This will be the first chance for fans and media alike to be introduced to the 33-member 2010 Ohio State baseball team.
Coach Todd will discuss the season as he enters three wins shy of 1,000 for his career, while his team defends the Big Ten championship. Senior captains Cory Kovanda and Zach Hurley will also have commentary.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the baseball office at (614)-292-1075.
OhioStateBuckeyes.com previews the 2010 infield
Courtesy Jerry Emig the SID for the baseball program, and assistant baseball contact Brett Rybak, the Athletics Communications office has preview the Buckeyes 2010 pitching staff and infield.
Changes from the 2009 team around the horn will by Ryan Dew and Matt Streng splitting time at first base and DH. Brad Hallberg returns to the open competition at third base after having his season cut short due to surgery. Also fighting for time at the hot corner is Buckeye left-infield staple Cory Rupert. Up the middle the duo of Tyler Engle and Cory Kovanda returns in-tact. Ryan Cypret brings an addition option to the infield.
It was announced Zach Nowland has left the program to focus on his Honors Program.
The entire preview of the Bucks around the diamond can be read here.
On the pitching side, the preview is here.
As expected Alex Wimmers leads the pitching staff as the All-American will have a bullseye on him accoring to Coach Todd. A few lingering questions have been answered as Ross Oltorik is healthy and ready to go. Andrew Armstrong appears to still be recovering from surgery and a decision on his playing time will be handled during the season. Eric Best the senior leader of the staff, is rehabbing from his surgery and does not appear to have any setbacks in his return.
Unfortunately one questions is still in the air. Will Drew Rucinski continue to set-up, close, or step into the rotation?
The Buckeyes have added three walk-ons to the staff, and true freshman Brett McKinney is expect to throw his name into the ring for serious playing time.
Veterans Theron Minium, Jared Strayer, and Eric Shinn return to provide depth to the staff.
Coming tomorrow will be the catchers.